Maker Studios, a top-rated YouTube multichannel network, is reportedly in talks with Walt Disney Co. to be acquired in a deal potentially valued between $500 million and $900 million. It would be the largest investment to date in a YouTube-based property by a traditional content provider.
We're not in a price war right now, despite multiple competitive changes in pricing plans over the last few months. So if we're not in a price war, what would one actually look like?
T-Mobile US' decision to raise pricing by $10 per month on its unlimited smartphone data plans was needed to monetize increasing data traffic and get back a return on improving its network, according to T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter.
Tier 1 wireless carriers have been falling over each other to change their plans and cut prices in recent months. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that the average U.S. wireless bill has been going down despite investor fears of a price war.
T-Mobile US and AT&T Mobility continued dueling in the market by changing their pricing for individual customers over the weekend, an indication that the price war that has enveloped the industry is not abating, especially at the lower end of the market.
When I first became a wireless analyst, Japan was portrayed as an almost mythical wireless wonderland where everything was perfect and so much better than the unenlightened and backward countries not enjoying the mobile data and mobile handset miracles from the land of the rising sun. NTT DoCoMo was the most visible prophet of the Japanese way of wireless and it put its money mouth was. Now, Japan is again being portrayed to us as a land where wireless magic is reality. But is this really the case?
Verizon Wireless could potentially tap new business models thanks to LTE Multicast technology, though it will take a few years for customers to take advantage of it on a widespread basis, according to a top Verizon executive.
Sprint worked with Facebook to develop a Facebook application that lets customers invite friends on Facebook to join a Sprint "Framily" group plan. The collaboration is novel and an indication that Sprint is putting a great deal of emphasis on the plans, which were unveiled in January.
Video hosting site Vimeo has created a $10 million fund to invest in promising indie films, taking a strategy originally used by Netflix to directly license films shown at independent film festivals and distribute them exclusively.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that the model that has prevailed in the U.S. wireless industry for years of customers getting subsidized devices in exchange for signing two-year contracts is radically shifting.